Perhaps the biggest match of the tournament where the journey of one team will be in the hands of the other team. Kolkata Knight Riders have made the Playoffs’ equation very interesting after losing the one match against Punjab Kings in the second leg. Kolkata Knight Riders with 6 victories are still in fourth place in the points table but Mumbai Indians also have 6 wins now in 13 games, due to which either of these two teams can make a place in ‘playoffs’.
The journey of 5 wins of Rajasthan Royals has probably ended in 13 matches in the tournament, now from here only luck can bring them to Playoffs. Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals will have a chance to spoil the equation of the rest of the teams. Both the teams have had a great journey in the tournament. Having said, Let’s take a look at the three players battle to watch out for in a match between KKR and RR match.
Sanju Samson vs Sunil Narine
Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson scored 483 runs in the tournament in 13 matches and tried a lot to get his team to the ‘playoffs’ but it could not happen. Rajasthan Royals will not have anything to lose from here and they would like Sanju Samson to spoil the equation of Kolkata Knight Riders for the playoffs. Although it will be interesting to see how things will go for the Rajasthan Royals team in the match.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders’ hopes will be pinned on Sunil Narine. In the absence of Pat Cummins, Kolkata Knight Riders do not have much choice in bowling. Sunil Narine has not been good in the first leg but Sunil Narine is beyond the numbers and as a spinner, he is capable of taking wickets with his bowling at any stage of the match. With KKR at the verge of playoff spot will Sunil Narine be at its best? It will be interesting to watch out for.
Shubman Gill vs Mustafizur Rahman
In a match against Rajasthan Royals where Kolkata Knight Riders will need a good start, the season has not been so special for Shubman Gill but there is opportunity and time and Gill would like the team to the ‘playoffs’ with his fiery batting knock at this stage. As an opener, Gill plays fast bowling well and how Kolkata Knight Riders will be in pressure situations will be a matter to be seen.
If anyone can create trouble for Kolkata Knight Riders from here it is left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman. With nothing to lose, Mustafizur Rahman will be looking to end things on a better note for the franchise and come back next year to play the different levels of cricket.
- Varun Chakraborty vs Yashaswi Jaiswal
The most successful bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament, if any, is Varun Chakravarthy with 15 wickets in 13 matches. The team would like a spell from Varun Chakravarthy so that he does not allow Rajasthan Royals to get a hold of the match. The tournament has been great for the young bowler and he doesn’t want to momentum to get drifted away at such a point. The tournament has not been special for Rajasthan Royals opener Yashasvi Jaiswal. But he wants to finish it on the better end with the special knock against Kolkata Knight Riders.